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guard duty

a military assignment involving watching over or protecting a person or place or supervising prisoners.
Origin of guard duty
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Rigid guard duty was established at once, and everyone was impressed with the necessity for vigilance and watchfulness.
  • Being detailed on guard duty today, it was my lot to stand solitary and alone at my post when the old year died.

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